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How To Become A Thought Leader In Your Industry

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-become-a-thought-leader-in-your-industry-2012-12

Dan Waldschmidt

To become an expert, you need to have a voice that sets you apart from others in your field, but first, you need credibility to achieve this level of respect. 

There are plenty of bloggers out there who have thousands of followers listening to their tips and ideas. They have become thought leaders in their industries and their names appear alongside the title “expert.”

Dan Waldschmidt is a speaker, author, consultant and researcher. He’s been profiled in Business Insider, Business Week and Inc., and his book Edgy Conversations is scheduled to be published in March 2013.

But he doesn’t consider branding a part of his success, because it’s more of “a lifestyle than anything else,” Waldschmidt told us.

“I still reject this whole idea of branding. It’s branding when it’s on the side of a piece of beef,“ he said. “It’s hard to change. But life changes.”  At the age of 12, Waldschmidt started a lawn mowing business and by 19, he was the youngest sales manager for Sears when “Sears used to be Walmart.”

We recently caught up with Waldschmidt for his tips on how to be recognized as a thought leader in your industry. Here’s his advice:

1. Maintain a blog. “In 2005, I started blogging as a CEO,” Waldschmidt says. “I wrote about how lonely it was to be CEO.”

“When I wa! s in sal es, I was a hotshot and everybody loved me. When I became CEO, it was lonely so I started writing about some of these radical thoughts.”

Waldschmidt writes in his blog a few times a week and told us that he’s usually writing 15 posts at a time. If someone ticks me off, I write about it,” he said. “I’ll write the title, then I’ll think up the contents.”

2. Choose a voice—and stick to it. “Usually when I write something, it’s the exact opposite of what the other experts are saying,” he said.“And I see if I can back up the exact opposite of what they say.” At first, you will let the people who doubt you affect your own work, but after awhile, if you’re doing something right, those people will eventually need you, he maintains.

“They need the guy like me who puts everything out there and finds the solution for everyone else.” To set yourself apart, you need to have a specific voice, but don’t stress too much on holding on to this voice, because at some point, you voice will change.

3. Work really, really hard. “There’s a lot of ways to brand yourself,” Waldschmidt said. “For me, I have a relentless pursuit of getting it right.” And to become successful, he said that people need to stop thinking that the world owes them, because “no one owes you anything.”

“Get out there and make something of yourself. When you get knocked down, get back up.”

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 news No Comments

‘99% Of Sales Come From People Who Don’t Interact With Ads’

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-99-of-sales-come-from-people-who-dont-interact-with-ads-2012-10

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Facebook is trying to close the loop between ad exposure on the social network and real-life buying habits. 

For years, it has been difficult to prove that someone seeing an ad on Facebook (or anywhere else for that matter) became more likely to buy the product.

Brad Smallwood, Facebook’s director of Monetization Analytics, expanded on what the social network’s new partnership with Datalogix means for marketers at the IAB Mixx Conference during Advertising Week.

The partnership will allow Facebook clients to match user data with Datalogix sales data, and draw conclusions about whether ads on Facebook actually increased purchases. (Datalogix purchased data on 70 million American households.)

“The outcomes that happen in the grocery store, at the car dealership,” Smallwood said of the initiative that “for the first time ever that draws that elusive straight line from ad exposure to purchase.”

One overall takeaway from the data — which Smallwood said doesn’t identify consumers by name — is clear: Unless you’re dealing with a specific type of campaign (i.e. direct online sales) the answer isn’t direct response or clicks.

According to Smallwood, “99 percent of sales come from people who don’t interact with ads. They consume the message and then when they go to the store they purchase.”

Other important takeaways include:

  • Of Facebook’s study that measured 50 campaigns, 70 percent saw a 3x greater return on ad spend, and 49 percent saw a 5x or greater return on ad spend.
  • “Reach is a crucial driver,” Smallwood! said. A nd digital campaigns that managed to find the proper reach were 70 percent more effective at driving purchases than ROI.
  • Smallwood said that marketers see a 40 percent increase in ROI by finding the “optimal frequency point.” He compared finding the frequency “sweet spot” in social to other platforms: “In TV you don’t want to send 50 impressions to one person, but you also don’t want to send one.”

Although some privacy groups are asking the FTC to investigate whether this partnership violates consumers’ privacy, Smallwood portrayed the new initiative as a “move away from the models that don’t maximize.”

“We at Facebook are dedicated to help you understand stuff like that.”

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Google’s New Platform For Entrepreneurs Will Spark A Butterfly Effect

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-new-google-site-for-entrepreneurs-2012-9

You’ve got to hand it to Google: they rarely do anything in a small way. “Google for Entrepreneurs (www.google.com/
entrepreneurs/
),the search giant’s new, global umbrella initiative of programs and resources supporting entrepreneurs and startups, is genuinely impressive in its breadth, depth and thoughtfulness. They’re kicking off the initiative with Google for Entrepreneurs Week with events in 26 cities in 13 countries around the world this week.

They’ve already got entrepreneurial-support programs and partnerships set up in places as wide-ranging as Korea, Israel, South Africa, Bulgaria, London, Egypt, Australia and Kenya – not to mention activities in Portland, Austin, New Orleans, D.C., Atlanta and numerous other U.S. locations.

I appreciate several things about what Google is doing with this effort, but let me highlight three here. First, they’re taking a holistic approach, providing people support and expertise, community – both virtual and in-person – online tools, and in some locales, even incubator space and mentorship.

Second, they’re approaching entrepreneurship with an attitude of social responsibility, with special programs to assist minorities and women, and going out of their way to support activities in the developing world. And third, they’re being open and approachable, making sure it’s easy for individuals to tap into the available resources by simply perusing the clear online kiosks.

It would have been easy for a company like Google to put up a bunch of web tools and re-label them as “…for entrepreneurs” – and then hold a few live sessions in Silicon Valley. But to put feet on the ground in Nairobi and Nashville and Ho Chi Mihh City and Haifa is a different matter entirely.

Time will tell, but we may see these programs plant thousands of s! uccessfu l new seedlings.

Jim Price is a serial entrepreneur and Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Zell Lurie Institute at The University of Michigan Ross School of Business. ©2012, James D. Price.

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 news No Comments

Diane Von Furstenberg Has Nerdiest Runway Show Ever

Source: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-09/diane-von-furstenberg-has-nerdiest-runway-show-ever

We’re about halfway through the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week here in New York, which often doesn’t have all that much of interest for us. But at the Diane Von Furstenberg show over the weekend, a special appearance by Google’s most sci-fi creation made us take notice. Select models wore Google’s Glasses, that crazy augmented-reality eyewear, as did Von Furstenberg herself and Google’s Sergey Brin, who sat in the front row. The models were filming a short documentary, to be called “DVF Through Glass,” which will be available to watch on Thursday.

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Friday, September 14th, 2012 news No Comments

His Charity Doesn’t Actually Donate Money

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-dismal-numbers-behind-kanye-wests-charity-which-doesnt-donate-money-2012-2


Last week, The Daily reported that Kanye West‘s charity spent more than a half-million dollars in 2010—but none of that money went to actual charitable causes.

After analyzing federal tax filings, the iPad newspaper found that in 2010, the Kanye West Foundation had expenditures totaling $572,383, but the majority of that went to employee salaries and other overhead expenses.

The charity didn’t even donate a single cent to an actual charity that year. And now, West’s foundation is in the process of being dissolved.

Since it’s easy to get bogged down in the numbers, Statista took The Daily’s findings and compiled information from the foundation’s tax filings to create the below infographic explaining where Kanye West’s money went and what happened to his so-called charity foundation. Complete with West’s stunner shades, obviously.

Take a look below.

Kanye West Charity Infographic

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 news No Comments

The 2012 Academy Awards In Charts And Data

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-oscars-for-quants-the-2012-academy-awards-in-charts-and-data-2012-2


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Sure, The Artist did well at the Academy Awards. But what does that really mean, statistically?

As usual, our friends at AddThis, a company that provides social media sharing tools for web publishers, tracked their network of 11 million sites and 1.2 billion unique users per month to find out which Oscar events really drove chatter among consumers.

The data show that the real Oscar winners were the iPad, Pinterest, Sacha Baron Cohen and Twitter. Losers included Ryan Seacrest, Facebook and Billy Crystal.

 

This was the background chatter in the weeks prior to the Oscars. Note that ‘Hugo’ dominates.

Demian Bichir peaked when he was nominated for a SAG award for ‘Better Life.’ But interest faded. More people were interested in George Clooney than Jean Dujardin of ‘The Artist’ in the week before the Oscars.

Prior to the show, the people’s choice for Best Actress was Viola Davis, not Meryl Streep.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 news No Comments

Jeremy Lin Is Causing Knicks Ticket Prices To Skyrocket

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-jeremy-lin-knicks-ticket-prices-skyrocket-2012-2

We have already seen what Jeremy Lin’s popularity means on a world-wide scale. But there has also been a huge impact at the local level. And one of those factors is the cost of going to see the Knicks play.

Courtesy of SeatGeek.com, is a look at how prices for last night’s game between the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings on the secondary-market changed over the last week. In the six days leading up to the game, prices rose 245%.

So if you were hoping to see the Lincredible Circus, it is going to cost ya…

Knicks ticket prices

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Friday, February 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Zynga Is About To Lose Its Global Director Of Brand Advertising

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/sources-zynga-is-about-to-lose-its-global-director-of-brand-advertising-2012-2


manny anekalManny Anekal, the global director of brand advertising at Zynga, is leaving the company to become COO of Kiip, a firm that operates a network that places branded rewards inside mobile games for advertisers, according to two sources.

Anekal’s Linkedin page currently states he has been on extended medical leave from Zynga. He is expected at Kiip next week.

Kiip has 20 employees, is based in San Francisco, and its clients include Best Buy, Disney and Sony. The company inserts branded rewards inside mobile games for advertisers. When players reach a new level, for instance, Kiip can reward them with free merchandise from advertisers.

Anekal leaves Zynga after its sales and marketing budget rose to $234 million, according to its Q4 2011 results.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

ComScore report finds drastic shift from web-based to mobile email among younger users in past year

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/11/comscore-report-finds-drastic-shift-from-web-based-to-mobile-ema/

ComScore released its annual US Digital Future in Focus report this week, offering a year-end wrap of many of the trends its tracked throughout the past year and a look towards the next. One of the more telling stats concerns email use among those in their teens and twenties. According to the report, web-based email use among 12-17 year olds dropped 31 percent in the past year, while use among those 18 to 24 saw an even bigger drop of 34 percent. Some of that can no doubt be attributed to Facebook and other email alternatives, but a big factor is the growth of email use on mobile devices; both of those age groups saw double-digit growth in that respect, with mobile email use jumping 32 percent among 18 to 24 year olds.

In terms of sheer growth in the past couple of years, though, there’s not much that matches the trajectory of tablets (obviously aided by one in particular). ComScore notes that that US tablet sales over the past two years have topped 40 million, a figure that it took smartphones as a category a full seven years to reach. Another area that saw some considerable growth in 2011 is digital downloads and subscriptions (including e-books), which jumped 26 percent compared to the previous year, leading all other areas of e-commerce. The full report and some videos of the highlights can be found at the source link below.

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Sunday, February 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5883683/the-best-times-to-buy-infographic-shows-you-all-the-savings-by-month-and-day

The Best Times to Buy Infographic Shows You All the Savings by Month and DayPlan your purchases and you can grab the best deals on everything from clothes to flat-screen TVs to appliances and more. This infographic from Savings.com breaks down the sale times for just about every product so you can save all year round.

The graphic includes recommendations by month and by day, as well as some additional optimal times to buy (e.g., oil changes early in the morning). The savings recommendations overlap our own comprehensive Best Time to Buy Anything guide and Best Days of the Week to Buy Almost Anything, just offering a different view and some additional items like real estate.

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The Best Times to Buy Infographic Shows You All the Savings by Month and Day

Infographic: Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets and Everything Else | Savings.com

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Friday, February 10th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

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